Daily Devotion Monday, 03 October 2016
A messenger of Christ
Receiving and believing the word of God is the beginning point of sonship for every person. Christ sends His disciples as messengers to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of heaven to those who are dead in their trespasses and sins, and afar off from God. The disciples of Christ are members of His body who have received the treasure of His word in their hearts. Accordingly, they have been established in the culture of the kingdom, and are able to share the gospel with others.
Christís disciple-messengers do not preach in order to reveal themselves. Rather, they are His ambassadors and witnesses on the earth. Jesus said, ĎHe who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me [the Father]í. The words that are in their mouths are the words of Christ. These words are from the Father, and are accomplishing His work as Christís messengers preach the gospel by the Holy Spirit who is sent from heaven. Their ministry is not merely the communication of information. Like the apostle Paul, they are able to travail for others so that Christ may be formed in them.
Christ has given to His disciples the ministry of reconciliation, through which their hearers can receive the forgiveness of sins and be recovered to Godís plan for them. When this message is first received, the hearer begins to be converted. Conversion is a whole process through which a hearer can be delivered from their slavery to sin and death, and established in the glorious freedom of the sons of God. The travail of disciple-messengers, through prayer and word, continues throughout this process. In this regard, disciple-messengers are participating in the work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to see a new believer established as a fruitful son of God and a member of the body of Christ.
|Rom 10:14-15 2Co 4:7 Joh 13:20 Joh 14:10 1Pe 1:12 Gal 4:19|
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